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Pathogens – Campylobacter, Salmonella and Sulfite Reducing Clostridia (including Clostridium perfringens).

The AWQC provides a range of NATA accredited analyses catering for pathogen testing, including Campylobacter,Salmonella and Sulfite Reducing Clostridia (including Clostridium perfringens).

Campylobacter spp. are transmitted by the oral route and cause gastrointestinal illness. Thermophilic campylobacters are present in raw sewage. There occurrence in surface waters is dependent on rainfall, water temperature and the presence of wild birds.

Salmonella spp. are widely distributed in the environmentand gain entry into water systems through faecal contamination from live stock, native animals, drainage waters and incompletely treated waste discharges. Faecal contamination of water is the main cause of waterborne outbreaks of salmonellosis.

Sulfite Reducing Clostridia (including Clostridium perfringens) are present in the faeces of humans and other mammals, in wastewater and in soil. As these organisms may form endospores, which allow the bacteria to survive in almost any habitat, SRC counts are a useful indicator of past pollution in ground water, estuarine and ocean environments.

To find out more about pathogens or sample requirements click to review the  Pathogens Fact Sheet